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Governing Board Elections Set for Feb. 1

Voters living in the CNM District will go to the polls Feb. 1 to elect CNM Governing Board members in Districts 2, 4 and 6 for the next four years. In District 2, incumbent Dr. John B. Mondragon will be running unopposed. In District 4, incumbent Carmie Lynn Toulouse and Mark D. Armijo will be running for the seat. In District 6, incumbent Penny Holbrook will be running unopposed. To view the District boundaries, click here.

Aug 31, 2016

January 2011

Voters living in the CNM District will go to the polls Feb. 1 to elect CNM Governing Board members in Districts 2, 4 and 6 for the next four years. In District 2, incumbent Dr. John B. Mondragon will be running unopposed. In District 4, incumbent Carmie Lynn Toulouse and Mark D. Armijo will be running for the seat. In District 6, incumbent Penny Holbrook will be running unopposed.

Following are profiles of the candidates:

District 2

Dr. John B. Mondragon
Dr. John B. Mondragon

Dr. Mondragon is an adjunct professor at New Mexico Highlands University and a Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico. He taught English-as-a-Second-Language classes at CNM in the 1970s.

Dr. Mondragon's past and present community involvement includes: CNM Governing Board member since 2007 and currently serving as the Board Secretary and Chair of the Planning Committee; founding member of New Mexico Math, Science & Engineering Achievement; member of Albuquerque International Kiwanis Club; member of Governor's New Mexico Capital Outlay Oversight Committee; member and past president of New Mexico Coalition of Charter Schools; served as UNM College of Education Outreach Coordinator; chaired the first Bargaining Team for APS Board of Education; served on the Public Education Department's Baldridge Leadership Team; member of the American Community College Trustees Diversity Committee.

Dr. Mondragon statement: "I have served on the CNM Governing Board for the last four years. I have learned about the tremendous service CNM provides our community. I have seen the thousands of students who are being served. The improvement in the lives of these students is something I am very proud of, having had something to contribute to their success. My education and professional background has allowed me to contribute my skills and knowledge to our overall educational system in our community. I have served in the K-12 and university systems, and now have had the privilege of serving for a community college. Working with a professional Administrative Team is something I have enjoyed. This Team, working with an excellent faculty and staff, has been rewarding as we serve our students. I want to continue working with an effective Governing Board. It has been rewarding to see my membership contributing to its success and effectiveness."

District 4

Carmie Lynn Toulouse
Carmie Lynn Toulouse

Carmie Lynn Toulouse, elected to the CNM Governing Board in 1999, is retired from the New Mexico Human Services Department, where she was a bureau chief.

Ms. Toulouse's past and present community involvement includes: CNM Governing Board member for the past 12 years, currently serving as Finance Committee Chair and as a member of the Capital Outlay Committee; current member of the Association of Community College Trustees and a member of the ACCT Public Policy Committee; Board Vice President for La Colmena; past member of the Southwest Ballet Company Board of Directors; past member of the KNME-TV Community Advisory Board.

Ms. Toulouse's statement: "My service on the CNM Governing Board has been very rewarding, an extremely positive experience. CNM is dynamic and it is in the forefront of the higher education experience in New Mexico. Community colleges are the key to this state's economic development. Having spent 30 years as an employee of the New Mexico Human Services Department, I am acutely aware of what a CNM education means to many of our citizens. I want to continue to be actively involved in building New Mexico's future."

Mark D. Armijo
Mark D. Armijo

Mr. Armijo is employed as a Programmer Analyst for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority and he is a former CNM student.
Mr. Armijo's past and present community involvement includes: current President of the Governance Board for Nuestros Valores Charter School; current President of the Pauline Armijo Scholarship Fund; past Board President of the South Valley Soccer Club; former coach and Board member of the South Valley Little League.

Mr. Armijo's statement: "I am running because I would like to enhance and improve the great partnerships that CNM has with the high schools, charter schools and universities in the Albuquerque area. I would like to improve and expand the many business partnerships that have been formed over the years and have provided a highly skilled workforce to Albuquerque area businesses. CNM provides an affordable, high quality education to all of its students and I would like to bring my passion for education, a strong, positive voice and a fresh perspective to meet economic challenges to the Governing Board."

District 6

Penny Holbrook
Penny Holbrook

Ms. Holbrook is a retired director of Community Corrections Inc., and as director of that agency, she referred more than 250 clients to CNM.
Ms. Holbrook's past and present community involvement includes: CNM Governing Board member for the past 12 years and currently serving as the Board Vice Chair and Audit Committee Chair; currently a Board member for the Precious Gifts Foundation that supports women who are ex-offenders or former substance abusers.

Ms. Holbrook's statement: "I have been a CNM Governing Board member for 12 years and feel that I know the college well enough to make fundamentally good decisions about the very important questions that we face as a Board. My affection for the college grows with every year that I serve on the Board."